WHAT: GEM OPEN MEETING
WHEN: TUESDAY JUNE 22ND, 4:30-7:00
WHERE: CUNY GRADUATE CENTER (34TH ST AND 5TH AVE) , ROOM 5414
(F, V, N, R, D, B, Q TO 34TH STREET)
Grassroots Education Movement has been building a fight-back against the attacks on public education, teachers and the communities we work in. GEM along with NYCoRE and CPE-CEP supported pickets at 25 schools around the city on the morning of June fourth and called a successful rally at Tweed that afternoon. GEM sees what is happening to public education in NYC as part of the push to privatize education nationally. We see it in the increase in charter schools, the abusive high stakes testing policies, merit pay, the new scheme to tie test scores to teacher evaluations, the vicious and very public attack on our union and the class and race based persistent under-resourcing of schools in poor communities and communities of color.
GEM is working to unite teachers and communities around these issues of inequity and to create a mobilized fighting force that can win something that we have never had: A truly democratic, fully funded, public education system with decision making power in the hands of the communities being served and the educators that work everyday for the children in those communities.
We are building school based committees to address the issues facing individual schools and to educate ourselves and all stakeholders about the ways in which all of these issues are interconnected.
If you are interested in finding out more about what we are doing, if you think there are a few teachers, parents, or other school workers in your building who might be interested in meeting with each other, building an analysis and eventually mobilizing to fight for a more just educational system and you want help making that happen, or if you want to lend your hand to any of this important work:
COME TO THE OPEN GEM MEETING ON TUESDAY THE 22nd.
Hope to see you there